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Charlie Batch plans to return to Pittsburgh

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Even before he agreed to restructure his contract, we knew quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would be back with the Steelers in 2013.

It’s less clear who will be backing him up. Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch are both free agents and there hasn’t been much discussion about the future for either one in Pittsburgh. In an interview with WXDX in Pittsburgh, Batch said the lack of any goodbyes from the Steelers leads him to believe that he’ll be carrying a clipboard for them again next season.

“My plan is to come back, and I haven’t heard anything differently from the organization,” Batch said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com “And I think when you leave out of there at the end-of-the-year meetings, you know one way or the other. And they didn’t tell me that they didn’t want me back. So I think that’s a good sign.”

Batch also was asked to weigh in on the hot topic of late in Pittsburgh, namely the anonymous Steeler who leveled criticism at linebacker LaMarr Woodley’s work ethic. Batch had a less negative reaction about the player’s choice to share thoughts about Woodley than some of his teammates, but added that he doubted neither Woodley’s ability nor his desire to help the team.

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17 Responses to “Charlie Batch plans to return to Pittsburgh”
  1. mrlaloosh says: Feb 28, 2013 1:35 PM

    I think his assisted living apartment is in Pittsburgh.

  2. lightcleric says: Feb 28, 2013 1:36 PM

    They might have actually made the playoffs if they would have kept him starting for a bit longer instead of Leftwich and then rushing Big Ben back who had some flat out ugly games against Cincy/San Diego.

  3. davetexansfan says: Feb 28, 2013 1:46 PM

    I’m sorry but there are sooo many other quarterbacks out there that I would rather have on my roster! You know. I know it. Everybody knows it. He got beat by the Browns. Make him the offensive coordinator already.

  4. ravenator says: Feb 28, 2013 1:48 PM

    Hah, Pittsburgh crowning moment of their season was Batch getting lucky vs a highly unmotivated ravens team. Meanwhile the ravens win the superbowl. Awesome.

  5. cup1981 says: Feb 28, 2013 1:55 PM

    Charlie is definitely one of the best in the league at coming off of the pine after 10-plus games without action and managing the game well. The Steelers would be nuts to let this guy walk.

    He is the best backup they’ve had since the Mike Tomczak days… Sure, he can’t go more than a few games in a row without falling apart, but he’s otherwise a decent QB. Leftwich is okay too, but he’s built from toothpicks…

  6. dublindemonszfl says: Feb 28, 2013 2:11 PM

    If they’ll pay, wouldn’t you come back?

  7. jcioffi1485 says: Feb 28, 2013 2:19 PM

    Batch!….ya gotta love him. He’s probably gonna make around a million dollars to hold a clipboard….and to wash Ben’s jock.

    Lord know’s Ol’ Charlie would be the Night Manager at a 7-11 if it wasn’t for the ultimate cushy gig.

  8. fishfiletkray says: Feb 28, 2013 2:23 PM

    It seems like a lifetime ago that he was starting for the Lions. I can’t believe he’s still in the league!

  9. brunnecr says: Feb 28, 2013 2:28 PM

    @ravenator
    Clearly the Ravens were unmotivated to play their top rival at home. With a chance to embarrass the Steelers at home, they clearly were unmotivated to win. (sarcasm of course)

  10. grs27 says: Feb 28, 2013 2:49 PM

    The thrill of being beating up on the Ravens (In Baltimore!!) has got to give the old man some added Football life.

  11. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 28, 2013 3:03 PM

    Tomlin has been trying to elbow Batch out the door for quite a while now. In 2010, the year of Roethlisberger’s suspension, Batch was actually the fourth-stringer and would have been cut had Leftwich not been injured in the final preseason game.
    Tomlin also displayed complete disdain and disrespect toward Batch this past season by playing a visibly injured Leftwich in a 23-20 loss to the Ravens.
    Even though Batch has played well when called upon, it’s been obvious to me that Batch is not one of Tomlin’s favorite players.
    Tomlin’s handling of the quarterbacks over the years has been a disgrace.

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 28, 2013 3:18 PM

    “Dammit!”

    – Dean Pees

  13. steel420 says: Feb 28, 2013 3:57 PM

    ravenator says:
    Feb 28, 2013 1:48 PM
    Hah, Pittsburgh crowning moment of their season was Batch getting lucky vs a highly unmotivated ravens team. Meanwhile the ravens win the superbowl. Awesome.
    …………………..

    LMAO, Charlie Batch beat the Super Bowl champs! What’s that say about the quality of play in the NFL? A down year for the league last season.

  14. ravenator says: Feb 28, 2013 6:43 PM

    A down year? Ya I’ll say, the Ravens only stomped out red hot Luck, stormed through pizza boy Manning and the “machine”, smacked up on the pretty boy, the NFL’s favorite team, and took out the “next” QB in the superbowl. Steeler fans are clueless, that much is obvious. It must really hurt to know the last playoff experience you have was being ousted by Tim Tebow…let me repeat…Tim Tebow…that is all. Cheers!

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 28, 2013 7:03 PM

    A down year? Ya I’ll say, the Ravens only stomped out red hot Luck, stormed through pizza boy Manning and the “machine”, smacked up on the pretty boy, the NFL’s favorite team, and took out the “next” QB in the superbowl. Steeler fans are clueless, that much is obvious. It must really hurt to know the last playoff experience you have was being ousted by Tim Tebow…let me repeat…Tim Tebow…that is all. Cheers!

    It doesn’t say much when a fan boy spends so much time fixating on a team he wants to love but is rejected. Seeing the tag ravenator alerts steeler fans stupidity is sure to follow…yawn

  16. steelcurtainn says: Feb 28, 2013 9:08 PM

    Absolutely, correct….There was no quality teams in the NFL last year. I would have put Denver the closest and their free safety either really choked or was paid off nicely when it mattered the most. After that any team left could of won. Of course, no one wanted to see the patriots in back to back superbowls so the high powered fraud GODell probably made the move for a new representative in the AFC.

  17. scoobies05 says: Mar 3, 2013 2:12 PM

    right steelcurtain…because when the steelers dont make it obviously the fix is in…steeler fans are hilarious. news flash steelcurtain. steelers didnt make it becuase in 2012 they sucked

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